Following a significant increase in flu cases across Merseyside, local PCT’s and GP’s are witnessing a welcomed surge in people attending specialist flu clinics.
Christine Roberts, 62, visited her local clinic to receive the flu jab for the first time. She was advised to have the flu jab because she suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Often caused by smoking, the condition restricts the airflow to the lungs.
Christine, who proudly quit smoking three and a half years ago, said: “I had no concerns at all about having the flu jab. Plenty of my older friends and family get it regularly and I’ve never heard any complaints. In fact it’s nice to know that I will be more protected this winter.”
All individuals, like Christine, who have an underlying medical condition (whatever age) are eligible for a free flu jab. Residents who are pregnant or 65 or over are also entitled to receive the flu jab for free and are advised to do so before winter sets in.
Pippa Rose, Practice nurse from NHS Sefton said: “It’s great to see that people understand the importance of getting the flu jab, and are taking action to prevent themselves from getting poorly and also to stop the spread of the virus in the community.
“The special flu clinics we are running have been a great success so far as they are more accessible to our patients, who can be in and out in minutes.
“Our patients come for their flu jab year on year, and all boast about how they enjoy a flu free winter and a healthy Christmas as a result.”
If you’re eligible for the free flu vaccination, simply contact your local GP to find out about the regular flu clinics. Once you have been vaccinated you will be protected for the rest of the winter.